Four-hundred feet above tiny Singapore, we gaze out onto a green Pacific dotted with cargo ships as far as the eye can reach. Below, an industrial scene stretches infinitely westward, where crimson and navy shipping containers stacked one upon the other create a colorblocked maze, and the green silhouettes of cranes loom above the horizon.
I came to realize that “it’s complicated” adequately describes almost everything I’ve encountered in relation to Los Alamos and the Manhattan Project.
As my internship ended, I thought about this project and how it still feels incomplete. There are hundreds more stories needing to be told, people eager to be given a voice.
My first week as an NPCA intern has been filled with park visits and student tours, as well as conferences with other NPCA staff. I’ve been focused on getting a lay of the land and building relationships.
My purpose in New Mexico is to document the impacts of the Manhattan Project on Pueblo tribes and Hispanic communities as well as their contributions to the project for the National Parks Conservation Association.